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By Leo Babauta

Reader Story: Long-Term Thinking Pays Off

This guest post from Heather Roth is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

3 Steps towards Positive Thinking as a Way of Life

The phrase “positive thinking” has become somewhat of a buzzword in a lot of ways in our culture today. So many books and experts suggest “positive thinking” as a solution to low self esteem and confidence issues without ever really exploring what the phrase means. Positive thinking involves much more than just deciding one day that you will change the way you think.

Some Thoughts about Holiday Cards

As November rolls forward, one end-of-year task that starts floating in my mind is holiday cards. This is usually a fairly time-consuming project for us, but I consider it to be a very worthwhile one.

Lack-based wall mounted speakers

Materials: Lack wall shelf - smallDescription: I was looking for some new speakers for my PC, but didn't want to spend a huge amount of money. I already had some old car speakers in the garage and decided to try a cheap Ikea based hack before shelling out on new audio equipment... Because I already had most of the materials required this hack cost me £15 in total.

Copy Cat Shelving

Materials: Hyllis, craft cratesDescription: I saw The Eames Inspired Shelving unit on Ikea Hackers some time ago, and was inspired myself to make something simular to put in my Studio closet to hold art supplies, gifts, etc. I didn't use the APA box in mine, nor put a piece of MDF Birch veneered plywood on the back, but I think I got the same effect.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #45

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Joyce Lock on strengths and weaknesses I’ve become a big believer in the idea that you should work to make your strengths as strong as possible so that they overshadow your weaknesses and eventually overtake them.

Graham Hill: Less Stuff, More Happiness, Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Less Stuff, More Happiness by Graham Hill. In this video he makes the case for taking up less space, and showcases compact living spaces, while demonstrating cost savings and lifestyle living alternatives.

The GRS Garden Project: October 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for October 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) This installment was written by Kris while J.D. is traveling in Peru. Our gardening season is complete for 2011.

Lack Tables Tiled

Materials: 2 Lack side tables, 1 small can of primer suitable for laminate surfaces, 1 can of textured spray paint, 7 packs of glass tiles, 1 box of tile setting mat, 1 small tub of grout, 1grout sponge, and 1grout float.Description: 1. The first thing we did was coat each table with 2 coats of primer. 2.

Happiness You Can Actually Buy: The Power of a Pet

There is a general statement of wisdom out there that claims that you simply cannot buy happiness. If you are unhappy inside, buying a new sports car or new jewelry or a new outfit will really not make any difference in the long term.

9 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives Over the Holidays.

For many people, the holidays are a joyous time; other people dread them. If you anticipate that you might have to spend time with difficult relatives, here are some strategies for keeping family dinners pleasant: 1. Before you walk into the situation, spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to behave. Don’t just react in the moment; consider how you want to act.

Dinner With My Family #37: Curried Chickpea Stew

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. My wife loves this recipe and finds reasons to make it often.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Coffee

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

DIY: Producing Your Photography Book

Bike-tography: Combining Bicycling with Photography Back in July, I wrote a review of Publish Your Photography Book by Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson. I finished that review by saying, “If you’d rather shun the commercial publishing route and travel the do-it-yourself road, be prepared for quite the learning experience. Because you’re not just in charge of producing the book.

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Gifts?

As Kris and I near the end our trip to Peru, we’ve begun to make preparations for our return home. That means shopping. I spent some time today buying books, for instance. Keeping in mind my recently-drafted guidelines of what to buy, I picked up a couple dozen Spanish translations of classic novels and popular children’s books.